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In recent years we’ve seen an increase in the tick population and the number of cases of Lyme Disease, specifically in the northeastern United States. According to the CDC, more than 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported each year and health officials believe that 75% of reported cases are caused by ticks.
White-footed mice and chipmunks are the most well-known hosts of Lyme Disease due to the bacteria they house. When a tick, and most commonly a deer tick, feeds on these rodents, they become a vector for the disease and transfer it to humans and other animals.
Hogarth’s now offers a new method of tick control that includes setting up tick boxes around your home that will treat the small rodents to prevent them from hosting Lyme Disease. The rodents enter a small plastic box that has bait to attract them.
As the rodents enter the box they’re whisked with a low-dose of insecticide, which can last up to 40 days. The rodents are not harmed during this process and will not hurt any other animal that comes into contact with it, or any animal that eats the rodent.
The boxes last 90 days and will need to be replaced twice over the course of a summer. This treatment method is a multi-year process that results in 88% total population reduction of ticks in the first year, and up to 97.3% of ticks by the end of the second year.
This method is more eco-friendly than other methods of tick control, which usually involve a liquid-chemical or granular treatment in the yard on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, depending on the product. The tick box method attacks the hosts of the disease directly to stop the ticks from becoming a vector in the first place. Ticks like to congregate around pathways, game trials, or in the bedding of their host. They will climb tall grass, hold two legs out, and wait for a potential host to walk by before latching on and climbing to the highest point of the potential host.
Tips for keeping ticks out of your yard and off of you:
- Keep firewood and debris away from home
- Keep bird feeders away from the home
- Keep yards and pathways mowed
- Wear long pants and long sleeves while walking through tall grass or in the woods
- Apply Deet bug spray to clothing before walking through tall grass or in the woods
- Always check yourself or have someone else inspect you for ticks after walking outside
- Make sure pets are on flea and tick medication from their vet